Friday, March 1, 2013

Trial set in battery case

Suspect pleads not guilty to felony charge

Express Staff Writer

A jury trial has been scheduled for May 14 for a 23-year-old Nampa man on a felony charge of aggravated battery stemming from an altercation last November in front of the Casino Club in downtown Ketchum.

Anthony C. Quarles, a former Blaine County resident, pleaded not guilty to the charge at arraignment Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. Judge Robert Elgee advised the defendant that the crime is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

In an interview, Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins said Quarles and an accomplice, identified as Merritt S. Baldwin, 25, of Hailey, allegedly severely beat two other men during an altercation around 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 11. Harkins said the alleged victims both suffered severe facial lacerations and broken noses.

Neither Quarles nor Baldwin were arrested at the scene but were later identified as the alleged assailants. Each was issued a felony summons, advising them of the charge and ordering them to appear in court.

A preliminary hearing for Baldwin is scheduled for March 6 in Blaine County Magistrate Court.

Quarles is represented by Hailey attorney Douglas Werth and Baldwin is represented by Ketchum attorney Andrew Parnes.

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